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- verb idiomatic, transitive To
surpriseor shock; to discomfit.
- verb nautical, usually passive Of a ship: to catch it with the sails aback suddenly.
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- verb surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
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(nautical) A square-rigged ship is taken aback when the wind blows on the front of the sails.
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